Tour the Montezuma Schoolhouse This Sunday at Open House

Montezuma, CO Schoolhouse

Get a Glimpse Into the Old Colorado Mining Days!

The town of Montezuma is just a short 5 minute drive from Keystone up Montezuma Road and it sits at about 10,000 feet altitude.  The old town and its neighboring town, Saints John were once known as the most productive silver mining area in the entire country.  The town was originally founded in 1865 and incorporated in 1881.  At one time, the town of Montezuma had a population of about 2,000- including 2 hotels, 5 saloons, a number of restaurants, a Catholic Church and at one point its own newspaper!  Since then, several fires have passed through the area and taken out many of the original buildings, but the Schoolhouse still stands in its original site and features a pot-bellied stove which heated the schoolhouse.  It remained in operation until 1958, when school buses started running children to Dillon for class.  The town is now much smaller and is a great place for visitors looking to explore a unique area.  Visit this small piece of history this Sunday afternoon, August 12, during the annual open house from 1-4 pm and take a glimpse into the old mining days!

Love the small mountain town of Montezuma? SummitCove.com Vacation Lodging rents a private home in the town of Montezuma, just yards away from the schoolhouse,  Montezuma Hideaway #5345.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, along with a private hot tub on the upper deck perfect for star watching on a cool autumn night! The home backs up to many Montezuma hiking trails, along with dirt roads for ATVing and interesting features nearby for exploring and hiking, such as Peru Creek, the ghost town of Saints John, and Chihuahua Gulch.  The serene outdoor setting blends perfectly with the mountain decor of the home.  Unique touches like the clawfoot bath tub, old saloon door, Adirondack ski chairs on the deck and a rustic wood stove in the living room make this home the perfect mountain getaway! It’s far enough from town to feel like you’ve escaped from it all, but close enough to make a quick run to the grocery store or out to dinner!  It even features old photographs throughout the home for an interesting look into the past.  You won’t want to leave once you arrive at this mountain home!

The View from the Deck at Montezuma Hideaway

Interesting Places

If you drive past River Run Village in Keystone and bear right where the road forks to go over Loveland Pass ( route 6 east), you will find yourself on Montezuma Road.

Montezuma Road

Follow this road for approximately six miles and you will come into the eclectic town of Montezuma, which had been listed as one of Colorado’s top scenic places by “John Fielder’s Best of Colorado”. According to the Summit County historical society, Montezuma was founded in 1865 following the discovery of silver in nearby Argentine Pass. To this day many of the old mine shafts and buildings still remain, and it is awesome to take a drive up to this old mining town on a nice sunny day.

Welcome to Montezuma

On top of that there is a plethora of trails in Montezuma. Where you can do everything from hiking, backpacking, four-wheeling, backcountry skiing and hunting. Two of the most popular are Saints John Road and Webster Pass. Saints John is just off main street in Montezuma, and is known for it’s old mining cabins. Webster Pass is a popular four-wheeling and backpacking trip. For more information on these trails go to, dillonrangerdistrict.com. However, be sure too prepare before you go, all the roads past the center of Montezuma are dirt and unmaintained, four-wheel drive is definitely recommended. And of course it is hunting season, so make sure you are wearing bright colors if you are going to be in the woods.

So many trails to pick from

Finally, be sure to keep checking SummitCove.com, as we have recently acquired a property in Montezuma perfect for an adventurous getaway!